Longing For Home


For he {Abraham} was looking forward to a city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder was God.

~Hebrews 11:10, REB


“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

~C.S. Lewis

What lies before us as followers of Christ is infinitely better than anything we have experienced on this earth. Did Abraham dream of a motorized vehicle that runs on gas? Did he dream of central heating and cooling? Did he look at the birds and think: one day man will fly? Did he envision a man walking on the moon? My guess would be no; these present realities probably never crossed his ancient mind. He did dream of a city, a perfect city. He did understand clearly that he was not at home is this world. Abraham was a pilgrim but not a settler–He knew this world was not man’s final resting place. Hebrew 13:14 says, “What we have here is a city that will not last, but we are seekers after the city that is to come.” Lettie Cowman said, “We know two things for sure about heaven: it is home and we will be nearer to our Father.”

We are experiencing in 2019, things that Abraham never imagined. In other words, six thousand years ago, what was unimaginable to Abraham was potentially a reality but one so far fetched that it never crossed his mind. What we experience today in the space age is reality and we do not create reality. Reality is you and I realizing what is real. This is why Paul said to the Corinthians…“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” Abraham was amazed that friction could cause fire, that wood would burn and create heat so that water would boil. He saw the steam rising from the pot that would later drive ships and trains but he did not realize its potential. All I am saying is–there is more reality out there than any human can imagine. Don’t underestimate a God who can create stars by the power of His word.

Can you believe it: the Nationals won the world series by winning all four road games, a feat that has never been accomplished until now. I don’t watch that much sports but I watched the last few innings. As Keith would say, “Unbelievable.”

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